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David Ortiz asked Tampa Bay to cancel pregame tribute following death of his friend José Fernández

The Tampa Bay Rays had planned to honor David Ortiz’s final game at Tropicana Field with a ceremony shortly before the start of Sunday afternoon’s game. But following the death of Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernández in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the 40-year-old Red Sox slugger asked for the tribute to be […]
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Rays cancel pregame tribute per David Ortiz's request

David Ortiz isn’t going to celebrate his final game at Tropicana Field. The Major League Baseball world lost a star Sunday in Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident at the age of 24, but Ortiz lost a friend. Because of that, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter asked the Tampa Bay Rays not to honor him before Sunday’s game. Given today's tragedy...
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Orioles gift David Ortiz the dugout phone he smashed in 2013

With David Ortiz playing the final game of his career at Camden Yards on Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles thought it funny to gift the Boston Red Sox slugger with the dugout phone he smashed in a game on July 27, 2013. The Orioles’ Adam Jones presented Ortiz with the phone in a special ceremony prior to the game to pay tribute to Big Papi, who is retiring after this season. ...
Via The Sports Daily
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David Ortiz ‘Retired Not Expired’ shirt designed by his daughter

David Ortiz of course is set to retire whenever the Boston Red Sox’s season ultimately comes to a close. As part of his farewell, his daughter Alex has designed a great t-shirt in the slugger’s honor. Bearing the message “Retired Not Expired 2016” on the front and the Dominican Republic flag on the back -- with his No. 34 in the center -- the premium t-shirt version retails...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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David Ortiz admits he would rather not be retiring

Is this the beginning of David Ortiz reconsidering his retirement? It’s not really, but the Red Sox slugger admitted that he wishes he could play longer. “I wish I could continue playing, but it takes a lot for me to prepare for the games every year,” Ortiz told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “I’ve been dealing with things the last four years and it gets worse, you...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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WATCH: David Ortiz tells heckling Orioles fan ‘next time’, then homers

Note to fans of teams playing the Red Sox: Don’t heckle David Ortiz, and especially not in his final (regular-season) month in the majors. A Balitmore Orioles fan made that mistake on Tuesday night at Camden Yards, after Ortiz just missed a homer. Big Papi told the fan, “next time." And sure enough, Papi hit a three-run homer in his next at-bat: That was Ortiz’s 36th...
Via The Comeback
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David Ortiz passes Mickey Mantle on all-time home run list

BOSTON — David Ortiz improved his career home run total in the most fitting way. The Red Sox designated hitter smacked a solo shot to the center field bleachers in the eighth inning Thursday against the New York Yankees. It was Ortiz’s 537th career blast, which helped him pass Yankees legend Mickey Mantle for 17th on the all-time list. The home run was Ortiz’s 34th of...
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Yankee Candle Celebrating David Ortiz’s Retirement Party In Special Way

We know one Yankee that supports David Ortiz. Yankee Candle announced this week that it would be selling a special “Big Papi’s Retirement Party” candle to celebrate Ortiz’s illustrious major league career. The Boston Red Sox slugger is retiring after this season, and everyone has been rolling out the red carpet as part of a memorable farewell tour. We're joining Big...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz’s Newest Commercial Introduces The World To The JerkyBot

Despite all of his accomplishments on the field in 2016, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz also has quite the list of accomplishments off the field in his final season. Big Papi has appeared in a wide range of comical commercials as he says goodbye to baseball but we may have finally found the one that tops it all. In the video above’s Andre Khatchaturian...
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David Ortiz gets life-sized LEGO replica

The David Ortiz retirement tour got an amazing new addition Wednesday morning when Big Papi received the gift of a life-sized LEGO statue. Amazing Big Papi Lego Statue — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 31, 2016 According to ESPN’s David Schoenfield, “The model stands 6-foot-7 from his cleat to the top of his left...
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